So the challenge is over and I’ve had a long weekend to relax and reflect on all that card making. I first want to thank you all for sticking with me through the challenge. I know that cards don’t excite all of you as much as they excite me and there were definitely a lot of cards coming your way last month. I promise that there will be a much more eclectic mix of posts from here on out, hopefully something for everyone, so thank you for enduring the card mania.
Sometimes it’s not enough just to say thank you, so I thought I would have a little giveaway. If you comment on this post, telling me your favorite card from the challenge, you will be entered to win the card of your choice. But that’s not all. If you share this post on any social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.,) then you can win an additional entry and an additional card for each share, up to 5 cards, envelopes included. Just tell me in your comment where you’ve shared the post and I will take your word for it, so please be honest!
Unfortunately I’ve already given away the card from day 10, so it can still be your favorite, but it isn’t in the pool for the giveaway. Everything else is up for grabs. The “Thinking of You” set and the “Butterfly Tags” will go as individuals and the “Envelope Book” is on the table, so enter away!!! International entries are welcome. Comments will close on Monday the 10th at midnight and I will draw a winner on Tuesday morning.
Here are all 30 cards for your perusal.
I also want to share my reflections on the challenge before I move on to my next project. I learned a few things from the exercise and here they are.
1. Having a schedule and agenda for your creativity is essential to stretching your limits in your craft. I wouldn’t have tried half the things I did if I weren’t forcing myself to sit down every night and create.
2. If you get in a crafting routine, it doesn’t take as much time as you think it will, to turn out work you are proud of. The more you do something, the faster you work, and the faster the ideas flow.
3. You won’t always like what you make, but you’ll always learn something from it. I have to admit, in the first week or so of the challenge I tried a few things that I wasn’t comfortable posting on the blog. I did learn that I don’t like working with glitter and that sometimes, it’s okay to recycle a card, no matter how long it took to make.
4. It’s always more fun to craft with others, but it’s not more productive. I look so forward to craft night every week, but I found that I had a hard time turning out my best cards. I was too distracted with being social to direct all my creative energy into my work. I’m not giving up craft night, just making sure I give myself some solitary craft time during the week.
5. Everyone has different tastes and your favorite work will not necessarily appeal to your followers. My favorite card of the challenge is either the “One in a Million” card from day 11 or the “Hello Adventure” card from day 16. The post that received the most attention from others was the bright and punchy post which included days 25, 26 and 27. Probably my least favorite cards.
6. I love making cards! It’s a great creative outlet and an easy an accessible hobby that makes your loved ones happy when they bring in the mail.
Thank you all again!
Keep pressing on and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!